Specialist Teaching Service

The Specialist Teaching Service (STS) is made up of experienced advisory teachers, advisors, specialist support workers and early years practitioners. 

Advisory Teachers, Advisors and Specialist HLTAs provide support and advice for children and young people with sensory impairment, physical impairment and social communication and autism spectrum disorders. Early Intervention Practitioners provide advice and support for pre-school children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, their parents,  early years setting staff (private, voluntary and independent settings) and transition into early years settings. 

What support does an Advisory Teacher/Specialist HLTA/Advisor provide?

I need advice about a child with a Sensory Impairment

Our Advisory Teachers for Visual Impairment and Hearing Impairment may be able to help. If you are concerned about a child with a visual impairment (not corrected by glasses) or a child with a diagnosis of a hearing impairment that necessitates amplification then you can contact the service for support. This team of teachers is part of the STS.

For more information on supporting a hearing impaired child in school, please see the hearing impairment tab in the STePS Information and Strategies  page and also the Hearing Impairment Team Leaflet.

For more information on supporting a visually impaired child in school, please see the visual impairment tab in the STePS Information and Strategies page an also the Visual Impairment Team Leaflet.

I need advice about a child with Social Communication or Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children and young people with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder may receive support from a specialist teacher or support worker. This team of teachers and specialist support workers is part of the STS.

For more information on the support we can provide for a child or young person with social communication or autism please see the Autism Spectrum Disorder Team Leaflet. For information about the Social Communication and Autism Outreach Service see the Sold Services page.

I need advice about a child with a Physical Impairment

Children and young people with a physical disability that significantly impairs their ability to access the curriculum may be entitled to support from an advisory teacher or specialist worker. This support is provided through the STS

For more information on the support we can provide for a child or young person with a physical impairment see the Physical Impairment Team leaflet.

I need advice about a child in the Early Years

Schools have limited involvement with the EIT until transition into first school placement. With parental permission the EIT staff member or a staff member from the child’s early years setting will contact the school to discuss transition. Children supported by the EIT will have a moderate to severe difficulty in more than one area of development.

Early Years Practitioners can support registered private, voluntary and independent early years settings and parents of pre-school children in the home. The service is a registered Portage Service and 5 star accredited.

For more information on the support we can provide in the early years see the Early Intervention and Portage Service Team Leaflet.